May 18th, 2021
How is everyone doing this week? I hope y’all are staying healthy and happy! My schedule is staying crazy busy! I am learning to be careful of what I wish for, because what can happen when it becomes your reality. I love staying busy in my business, but I did not anticipate reaching my goals over 2 years early! I know this is a first world problem and am doing my absolute best to take it all in stride and give myself grace in this growing phase.
So far this month we have defined mental health and learned some of the warning signs of mental health problems and this week we will learn some ways to maintain good mental health. *Maintaining good mental health is a vital component to self-care. As someone who has struggled at times with mental health, let me warn you that this is a sensitive and sometimes difficult topic to discuss. I promise to be as transparent as possible and give you solid information, but I am not a mental health professional.
The state of your mental health can directly affect other areas of your life, which is one reason for my emphasis on this important topic that is, for some reason, still largely taboo. If you know me in real life, you understand that I am not afraid to speak my mind even if it goes against popular beliefs. I have not always been comfortable in my own skin or speaking my mind, especially if it went against people’s expectations or perceptions of who I should be. Was it easy? No! I hate to break it to you, but life is hard. How did I change? Lots of hard work! Let’s highlight a few opportunities for growth:
- Your circle – the people around you should be your biggest cheerleaders and offer you a reality check, in a loving way, when you need it.
- Your self-worth – (candid moment, I still struggle with this) give yourself the same grace, kindness, and patience you extend to others and avoid destructive self-talk.
- Your goals – goals should scare you because they make you stretch and reach but are not unattainable.
- Resources – know what help is available in your area and when to ask for help.
You do not have to achieve all the things by tonight or tomorrow, it is a process and sometimes a longer and slower process than we would like, but the trick is to keep going. I did not build my circle overnight or even in a month. Your personal growth takes time, habits are not easy to break, goals worth striving for take time to develop and finding the right resources takes time to research. Unfortunately, this is not a process you can effectively speed up. Take the time needed and the results will be worth it!
Whether this is the first time reading my blog, or you are a loyal subscriber, I am so glad you tuned in this week! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe! Have a blessed week ~ Lacey